Rufty-Holmes Senior Center
 July 2014 Events Newsletter 

All American Hot Dog Luncheon

Tuesday, July 1 beginning at noon. In celebration of Independence Week, the Ambassadors Club will host interested members for a hot dog luncheon with all the trimmings prior to our weekly bingo game. Cost is $2.00 for a hot dog plate (includes drink). Bingo begins at 1:00pm for $1.50 per person. No reservations are necessary.

Cultural Crossroads Luncheon - Amish & Mennonite 

Friday, July 18 at 12:00 noon. Enjoy an authentic luncheon prepared by the chefs at Magnolia Gardens. In the midst of our hectic modern society, resides a group of people. They are humble, plain folks who do not use electricity, do not own cars and prefer not to have their picture taken.   Learn of their culture and traditions as well as the difference between Amish and Mennonite from guest speakers David Troyer and Bertha Espinoza.   Mr. Troyer was raised Amish and is now part of a local Mennonite Community. Most of our understanding today of the Amish Culture is based on what we see on television which is not a true portrait of the Amish Lifestyle. Savor the atmosphere and learn what it might be like to grow up in an Amish or Mennonite Community. Registration is required by calling 704-216-7714. There is a $5 fee at the door. This luncheon is sponsored by Magnolia Gardens and Bayada Home Health Care.

Wednesday Movies

Every Wednesday afternoon in July at 2:00pm. Come out and enjoy a series of "true story" movies each week on our big screen, complete with popcorn and drinks. We'll be showing:

July   2 - "The Monuments Men" A race against time to save historic artwork from Hitler.

July   9 - "Red Tails" a story based on the all-black group of pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen.

July 16 - "Saving Mr. Banks" How Walt Disney obtained the rights to "Mary Poppins"  

July 23 - "Amazing Grace" Against all odds, Wilberforce campaigns to end British slavery.

July 30 - "Hachi: A Dog's Tale" After his master dies, one dog inspires a whole town.


Free, sponsored by Victory Wealth Management. (Motion picture license # 12137390)

Bus Trip To Wohlfahft Haus Dinner Theater for "Then Sings My Soul"

Friday, August 1.Motor coach leaves the Senior Center at 8:00 a.m. enroute to Wytheville, Virginia. On the way up, we'll stop briefly at a small outlet mall for some fun shopping before arriving at the Wohlfahrt House Dinner Theatre, where we will enjoy a delicious luncheon and a brand new show featuring greatly loved and soul-moving Gospel music. From historic spirituals to Southern Gospel to contemporary Praise and Worship, this inspirational show includes many songs we grew up singing and are still singing today. Songs from the Carter family, Elvis, Mahalia Jackson, The Gaithers and many more will touch us in ways no other kind of music can. You won't want to miss this heavenly tribute to beloved Gospel Music.We should return to the Center about 7:15 p.m. after a short snack or meal stop on the way.


Cost is $75 per person and includes transportation, lunch (really dinner), performance, and all tips. Note: This show is a very popular one and is already heavily booked in Wytheville, hence the Friday matinee which was added to accommodate more people outside the regular schedule.

Interested older adults need to pre-pay at the Senior Center in order to reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are first-come, first-served, and you can pick your seat assignment at the time of purchase. You must be a member of the Center to purchase a ticket. If it is more convenient, you can also pay by credit card now as well as with cash or check.


Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, July 2 at 3 p.m. A seated waiting line will be provided in Addie Rhem Morris Room B beginning at around 1:00 p.m. for those who arrive early. Bus trips are sponsored by MedExpress Pharmacy of Salisbury.

Annual Meeting of Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, Inc.

Tuesday, July 22 at 6:30pm at the Senior Center. The Annual Meeting of the local non-profit corporation that owns and operates the Senior Center. The Board of Directors will review the past administrative year, adopt a new budget, elect Officers and Directors, and hear public comments. A picnic dinner will be served with contributions collected toward expenses. Open to the public. Guests should make reservations by July 18 by calling 704-216-7714.

Reverse Mortgage Workshop - Facts & Fiction

Tuesday, July 15 at 10:00am. Larry Cordts, Reverse Mortgage Specialist with Towne Bank, will present information on reverse mortgages. Free and open to any interested older adult or family members. Pre-registration is requested by calling 704-216-7714.

New Classes 

Guitar Classes - Three new classes begin Monday, July 7. Absolute Beginner Guitar will meet at 1:30pm, Beginner Guitar at 2:45pm and Intermediate Guitar at 4:00pm. Learn or re-learn to play the guitar with instructor Bob Wingate. Bring your own guitar. The cost for either eight week course is $35 payable to the instructor on the first day of class. New members should bring a $5 material fee. For questions call Bob at 704-433-1461. To register call 704-216-7714.


Handmade Cards -Wednesday, July 2 at 2:00pm. Complete six handmade cards in one two-hour workshop session. All supplies will be provided. Cost is $13 per person payable upon arrival. Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Advance registration is required by calling the Center at 704-216-7714.


Mind Aerobics Art Class - An introduction to mass drawing, pastels and sculpture is explained and demonstrated by professional artist Robert Toth. Explore the novelty that keeps the brain alive through the inspiration that art can give you. Monday afternoons from 2-4pm. $10 per session payable to the instructor


Watercolor Workshops - Monday evenings at 7:00pm with Frank Saunders. Receive individual guidance and benefit from group instruction as you work on your own watercolor projects. $12 fee per session payable to the instructor.   Pre-registration is not required.

New Computer Classes

Register at the Front Desk. Payment for computer classes is requested prior to the first day of class. Participants must be members of Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. A minimum of four people is necessary to hold a computer class.


Tablet Classes:Thursday, July 24 for Android-style (Samsung, Acer, Toshiba, etc.) and Friday, July 25 for iPad. Each class will be held from 1:00-4:00 pm and will cost $10. If you have a tablet, this class is for you. Come learn, through lots of sharing and laughter, how to use your tablet. (Yes, you do need to bring your tablet.)


More than searching---GOOGLE: Thursday, July 31 from 12:00 noon-4:00 pm. The fee is $10. Bet you have Googled something before but are you aware of the many things Google has to offer you? In this class, we will look at some of the things Google can do for you as we explore our way through the Google Kingdom.

Outdoor Adventure Club Trip - Salem Lake Hike

Leaving Rufty-Holmes Senior Center on Friday, July 11, at 8:00 AM, the group will car pool from the Center to Winston-Salem. This hike is for those who can walk at least 4 miles. The hike will involve some hills but no particularly steep climbs. Participants should bring at least two bottles of water, $2 to help drivers with gas, and their own lunch. After the hike, will be a short club meeting and picnic lunch.   Dress appropriately for the weather. Participation is at your own risk.  New participants will need to sign a waiver form. To register for this activity call Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 704-216-7714. In case of inclement weather, call the center as the hike may be postponed.

Women's Health & Fitness Club

Wednesday, July 2 at 2:00pm. This month's program will include abdominal exercises that can be performed either seated or standing. Please join Frances Weant in the Fitness Annex for an important abdominal exercise session. Participants will be exercising and should wear comfortable clothing plus exercise shoes. Each meeting features a guest speaker or fun activity related to women's health or fitness. The program is sponsored by Rufty-Holmes Senior Center and Novant Health, and is open to interested women age fifty-five or older.

Men's Health & Fitness Club Meeting

Wednesday, July 9 at 2:00 pm.   The guest speaker will be a medical professional fromNovant Health providing important information about men's health. This program is sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center and Rufty-Holmes Senior Center and is open to all men 55 years of age or older. Each meeting features a guest speaker or fun activity related to men's health or fitness.   No registration is necessary.

On-Going Exercise Program Opportunitiese Class Openings

One may join one of our on-going senior exercise classes after screening and consultation with the Fitness Staff. A variety of offerings are available at different levels, and include Zumba, Senior-Lite Jazzercise, Coed Fitness, SilverSneakers Classic, Strength-ercise, Cardio Strength Training, Tai Chi, and Chair Yoga, as well as arthritis water exercise and cardiovascular water exercise classes. Strength and aerobic fitness equipment is also available for use, with trained staff accessible to provide an orientation and instruction. Inquire at the Front Desk for more information or call 704-216-7714.

Blood Pressure Screenings

Wednesday, July 2 from 9:30-10:30am.  Free  blood  pressure    readings and consultation for interested older adults. Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse Practitioner Gail Kimball.  

A blood pressure kiosk is also available for use in the Fitness Annex anytime during normal operating hours, sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.

Chair Massage

Twenty-minute sessions are available at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center by appointment with Travis Alligood, LMBT.  Cost is $12 per session. To schedule an appointment call 704-213-6059.

Club Meetings This Monthtober Club tings


TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:30am

Men's Breakfast Club - Each Tuesday at 8:30am

Rufty Holmes Lady Liners - Each Tuesday at 10:00am

Creative Needles - Each Wednesday at 9:30am

R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am

Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm

Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm except July 4

AARP Chapter - Thursday, July 3 at 12:30pm

Golf Association of Rowan Seniors - Monday, July 7 at 8:30am

Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, July 10 at 9:00am

Walk-Abouts - Thursday, July 10 at 1:00pm

Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, July 10 at 6:30pm

Military Officers Association Chapter - Monday, July 14 at noon

Rufty-Holmes Garden Club - Monday, July 14 at 2:00pm

Rowan Amateur Radio Society - Monday, July 14 at 7:00pm

Rowan Doll Society - Tuesday, July 15 at noon

Salisbury-Rowan Quilters Guild - Thursday, July 17 at 1:00pm

Carolina Artists - Thursday, July 17 at 7:00pm

Southside Extension Homemakers - Monday, July 21 at 10:00am

NARFE - Monday, July 21 at 1:00pm

Ole Rowan Fiber Guild - Monday, July 28 at 6:30pm 


Lunch Clubs

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers six locations throughout Rowan County for adults age 60 and older to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational programs Monday thru Friday. Principally funded by federal, state and local aging grants, there is no charge to participate, but donations are encouraged and accepted. For more information, call 704-216-7702.

"Are You Okay?" Service

Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety checks through the Center by calling 704-216-7704.

Monthly Grief Support Group

Wednesday, July 2 at 9:00am. Grief support group sessions provide opportunities for people who have experienced the death of a loved one to meet others who are experiencing similar losses. Members come together to normalize and validate their experiences of grief, to find strength and coping skills, and to eventually regain a sense of hope. The grief group is facilitated by Susanna Lund, MS, LPC, ATR-BC, and is sponsored by Rowan Hospice & Palliative CARE.   Pre-registration is not required.

Assistance with Hearing Needs

For individuals who are hard of hearing and need assistance with hearing devices or telephone communication. Sponsored by the NC Division of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Call to get a time for an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by calling 1-800-835-5302.

Legal Assistance

Several times a year an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. will be available to meet with interested persons at the Center by appointment to provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family law, public assistance, housing, consumer protection, etc).  The service is free to low-income adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds from the Area Agency on Aging.  For information, and to schedule an appointment, call the NC Legal Aide office at 1-877-579-7562 and identify yourself as an older adult residing in Rowan County.

Veterans' Services

The Rowan County Veterans Service Office is located at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. Service Officers Elaine Howle and Rick Johnson are available to meet with Rowan County veterans to assist them in applying and receiving all VA benefits to which they are legally entitled. For an appointment, call 704-216-8138.

Appointments for Ombudsman Assistance

Patricia Garner Cowan, CIRS-A, Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman from Centralina Area Agency on Aging, will be available on the third Wednesday of each month  from 9:00am-12:00 noon to answer individual questions related to long term care. Call Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to set up an appointment.

Gold Cards

Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools athletic, musical and drama events free of charge. These can be obtained at the Front Desk at the Center with a photo ID. Get yours now for fall school events.

Insurance Information Program Assistance

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is the Rowan County location for the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) operated by the NC Department of Insurance. Staff and trained counselors are available to assist individuals and families with impartial information on Medicare supplemental and prescription drug plans by appointment. Call 704-216-7700 for more information.

General Information & Assistance

Staff members are available to assist individuals and families with general information and assistance in utilizing various community services available to older adults.  If you have a need, call the Senior Help Line at 704-216-7700. 

This 'n That




Enjoy BELTONE BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for $1.50. 

SENIOR GAMES SHUFFLEBOARD practice will be held on Friday, July 11 from 8:30am-11:30am

Enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm. Free with refreshments as provided by Liberty Commons.

BROADCAST BINGO is available for Rowan County adults age 60 and older. Win prizes by listening daily to "Senior Moments" on Memories 1280 Radio. Call 704-216-7707 to enroll and for more information. Free.

"SENIOR MOMENTS" are aired daily Monday - Friday at 6:25am & 10:25am on Memories 1280 WSAT Radio. 



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